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Qafqaz University has gone Google Apps for Education

Posted by Abzetdin Adamov on September 2, 2010

Dr. Abzetdin Adamov about Google Apps implementation in Qafqaz University

Google Apps implementation in Qafqaz University

This Summer Qafqaz University has started campus-wide project of migration Google Apps for Education for all faculty, staff and students.

In 2006 we decided to create common collaboration and communication framework for faculty and students through implementation of the Campus Mail System. But because of high cost of the maintenance this initiative was converted to the hosting email solution assigned for faculty and staff, but unfortunately not for students. At the same time we have noticed that our students knew Google tools and already used them to meet common needs. From the end of 2008 we started to observe the possibility of adoption of the Google Apps in Qafqaz University.

This summer, our Computing & Information Services team was in the process of migrating everyone to our new Google Apps – Qafqaz University system. The positive experience of other Universities as well as experience our faculty have had using the Apps suite helped us decide that the change would bring significant benefits and cost savings to the university as a whole. In fact, we predict this change could save us considerable amount of money could be invested to meet other needs.

Many academicians as well as students widely use regular Gmail for communication needs. But what most of them don’t know is that Gmail can be configured so that they can use Google Apps through custom university domain. For instance, if my university domain is qu.edu.az, I can set up accounts for all my faculty and even for students, so they get Gmail, Celendar, Sites, Docs, and chat all with usernames like name1@qu.edu.az, name2@qu.edu.az, … My users log in to a Google hosted control panel (which is customized with a Qafqaz University logo, look at http://qmail.qu.edu.az), and all their email would get sent with their custom domain email as the From, as well as they receive email to the same email boxes.

In such a way Qafqaz University has enhanced its communication and collaboration infrastucture. Now Google Apps at @qu.edu.az has opened to any QU faculty, staff and student who would like to move. With just a Qafqaz ID and password, a Qafqaz University’s student can instantly use the full set of Google Applications for Education:

Qafqaz University has gone Google Apps for Education

Qafqaz University has gone Google Apps for Education

Dr. Abzetdin Adamov
Cheif Information Oficcer
Qafqaz University

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